Gulf County plans Bow Wow Bash

The St. Joe Bay Humane Society presents the seventh annual Bow Wow Bash, a very popular and important annual event which benefits both the DAWGS in Prison program and the homeless animals of Gulf County, on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The bash’s Masquerade Party will be from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe. Delicious food will be provided by Chef Ian Williams and Sunset Coastal Grill. Guests enjoy a cash bar, masquerade contest (costumes optional) and live music. A silent and live auction (credit cards accepted) will culminate with the drawing for the winner of a new iPad (tickets available for $10 each at locations around Port St. Joe including Bow Wow Beach Shop or

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the costume contests, including Best Couple, Best Man, Best Woman and Best Overall. Door prizes will be given throughout the event.

All proceeds are used to help support the nationally renowned DAWGS in Prison program and needy animals in Gulf County. Hundreds of animals are abandoned every year in the area and monies raised will help comfortably house and care for these animals, while they are await their forever homes.

Tickets are $30 each or $300 for a reserved table for 10 which includes a free drink ticket per person. They are available in Port St Joe at Bow Wow Beach Shop on Reid Ave. or at St. Joseph Bay Humane Society on 10th Street, or by visiting or


One day classes at ANERR

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer two one-day classes in environmental science this fall.

On Wednesday. Oct. 17 (rain date Oct. 18), the “Estuaries Class” covers the ecology, geology, and economic importance of the Apalachicola Bay estuary. Learn about habitats, fascinating plants and animals found in the bay, and regulatory and conservation issues. Be prepared to spend part of the day in the classroom and part on our boat trawling, sampling bottom sediments, and exploring life in the oyster beds.

On Wednesday. Nov. 14 (rain date Nov. 15, “Rivers and Floodplains Class” covers the ecology, geology, and natural history of the rivers and floodplains of the Florida Panhandle with the main focus on the Apalachicola River and floodplain. Other types of river systems will also be discussed. Learn about the diversity of animals and plants found in the river and surrounding floodplain, and their connection to the bay. Be prepared to spend part of the day in the classroom and part in the field on our boat exploring the river and walking in the floodplain.

For additional information, contact Coastal Training Program Coordinator Rosalyn F. Kilcollins at 670-7708 or


Coming up at the FSU Marine Lab

On Oct. 25, join Dr. Toby Daly-Engel, University of West Florida, at 7 p.m. for a lecture on “The evolution of female promiscuity in aquatic predators.”

On Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. attend a workshop and learn how to construct and use your own SENSE IT Temperature Sensor.

On Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. join Peter C. Stone, author of “Waltzes with Giants: The Twilight Journey of the North Atlantic Right Whales” for a discussion of “The Art and Science of Nature Journaling for the Observant Writer.”

For more information on these learning opportunities call 697-4120.